Monday, August 14, 2006

Most Intriguing Story: biographical information "at the classified level."

Expect disciplinary actions against more than one of the then Albuquerque crew.

Update to What did PO3 Weinmann divulge:
Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent Kevin Burke, who questioned Weinmann over nine days after he was brought to Norfolk from Dallas, said the sailor was found with dozens of computer files containing biographical information "at the classified level."

My August 5th comment to Bubblehead's A Really Strange Story:
From his enlistment in July 2003 until his dessertion in July 2005, how long could PO3 Weinmann have possibly been assigned to Albuquerque (SSN-706) - roughly a year maybe? Was his intent to divulge MK-48 ADCAP info (doubtful, he could have done much of that after FT school). His airline ticket must have been to a foreign destination (Canada verified), because the kid was being watched and was probably using a ticket alias (still an open question).

Tidbits on SSN-706: The United States Navy confirmed Albuquerque was operating off the coast of Long Island, New York on the evening of 17 July 1996, when TWA Flight 800 went down. In 1999, she fired TLAMs at targets in Serb-controlled Yugoslavia, setting old records for a Flight-I 688 class submarine, as well as time from tasking to firing on a target, earning her the nickname "Sure Shooter". Albuquerque has received two MUCs.

New Questions:
- Time Magazine refers to Weinmann as a submariner. Was he actually qualified?

- Weinmann was captured when his Canada bound plane from Mexico landed at Dalla/Ft. Worth. He was traveling to meet his sister in Canada. Is his sister a Canadian Muslim or married to one?

- Biographical info at the classified level may downplay the severity of espionage, but aside from two identities (names social security numbers) what personnel files did Weinmann possess and how did he, an FT3, obtain them?

- Where did Weinmann get his passport for his travel to Vienna and then Mexico?
(Hint: a military deserter could not obtain a U.S. passport in his own name for foreign travel). Yes, almost surely he had an alias with foreign help while under U.S. surveillance.


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